Materials Science and Engineering News

Stanford designs underwater solar cells that turn captured greenhouse gases into fuel

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Taking a cue from plants, researchers figure out how to use the sun's energy to combine CO2 with H2O to create benign chemical products, as part of a futuristic technology called artificial photosynthesis.

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Tough enough: Stanford and IBM test the limits of toughness in nanocomposites

Monday, November 16, 2015

By slipping springy polystyrene molecules between layers of tough yet brittle composites, researchers made materials stronger and more flexible, in the process demonstrating the theoretical limits of how far this toughening technique could go.

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Stanford team places 6th in Bridgestone World Solar Challenge

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Arctan, a solar-powered car built by undergraduate members of the Stanford Solar Car Project, placed sixth in the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, a nearly 2,000-mile race across the Australian outback.

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Battery experiments highlight Stanford's dual mission of teaching and research

Thursday, October 1, 2015

A Stanford PhD student guides an undergraduate through two years of tests that confound two decades of assumptions on lithium-ion battery design. The findings could lead to better batteries, while the research process works hand-in-glove with teaching.

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Stanford Engineering students and researchers win grants to commercialize energy inventions

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Building on the success of its first year, the Innovation Transfer Program at the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy is financially supporting 11 new teams composed mostly of Stanford students and recent graduates trying to put university research to work.

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New fuel-cell materials could pave the way for practical hydrogen-powered cars

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Associate Professor Yi Cui's team has developed a stable cobalt-nickel-iron oxide catalyst that splits water continuously for more than 100 hours.

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Single-catalyst water splitter from Stanford produces clean-burning hydrogen 24/7

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Stanford scientists have developed a cheap and efficient way to extract clean-burning hydrogen fuel from water 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Entrepreneurial success depends on actions, attitudes and practice, Stanford expert says

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Professor Tina Seelig says entrepreneurship can be taught, learned and practiced through a rigorous approach that she calls the Invention Cycle.

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Nicholas Melosh wins Cal-BRAIN grant for neuroengineering research

Monday, May 4, 2015

The associate professor of materials science and engineering is working to refine the electrodes neuroscientists use to record the activity of single neurons.

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Stanford engineers devise optical method for producing high-res, 3-D images of nanoscale objects

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The technique, called cathodoluminescence tomography, could assist in the development of high-efficiency solar cells and LEDs, or improve the way biological systems are visualized.

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Stanford engineers' new manufacturing process could yield better solar cells, faster chips

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Silicon isn't the only chip-making material under the sun, just the cheapest. But a new process could make the alternative material, gallium arsenide, more cost effective.

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Jennfier Dionne, Percy Liang elected Sloan Research Fellows

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Members of Stanford Engineering faculty honored as next generation of scientific leaders.

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Bruce Clemens elected fellow of Materials Research Society

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Professor of materials science and engineering is honored for pioneering work in thin-film and nanostructured material growth and characterization, leadership service to the society and the materials community, and for leadership in teaching and mentoring.

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Stanford engineers develop new air filter that could help Beijing residents breathe easily

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Associate Professor Yi Cui and his students have turned a material commonly used in surgical gloves into a low-cost, highly efficient air filter. It could be used to improve facemasks and window screens, and maybe even scrub the exhaust from power plants.

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Stanford engineers use brilliant X-rays to illuminate catalysis, revise theories

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Using high-brilliance X-rays in a new way, Stanford engineers observed electrons at work during catalytic reactions. Their findings challenge long-held theories about some catalysts, opening the door to new or improved renewable energy applications.

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Inexpensive material could be the key to cheaper, more efficient solar cells

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Putting a film of the crystalline material perovskite on top of a silicon solar cell increases the cell's efficiency nearly 50 percent, Stanford engineers say.

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Stanford faculty awarded seed grants for innovative energy research

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Stanford's Precourt Institute, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and TomKat Center have awarded eight seed grants to Stanford faculty for early-stage energy research.

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Stanford team wins international award for experimental blood test device that uses a smart phone

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Four students and two faculty advisors create portable device that can detect hepatitis B infections in minutes to win one of five awards in the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE, a global competition to improve diagnostic devices.

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Stanford scientists create a 'smart' lithium-ion battery that warns of potential fire hazards

Monday, October 13, 2014

Stanford's Yi Cui and colleagues have created a lithium-ion battery that alerts users to potential overheating and fire.

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Stanford team invents sensor that uses radio waves to detect subtle changes in pressure

Friday, October 10, 2014

Device is used to monitor brain pressure in lab mice as prelude to possible use with human patients; future applications of this pressure-sensing technology could lead to touch-sensitive “skin” for prosthetic devices.

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Stanford's GCEP awards $10.5 million for research on renewable energy

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Stanford scientists and an international research group receive funding to advance solar cells, batteries, renewable fuels and bioenergy.

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Stanford team developing gel-like padding that could help cells survive injection and heal spinal cord injuries

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A team of engineers and scientists is developing a gel to help protect cells from the trauma of being injected into an injury site. The work could help speed cell-based therapies for spinal cord injuries and other types of damage.

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Rapid charging and draining doesn’t damage lithium ion battery electrodes as much as thought

Monday, September 15, 2014

A team including Stanford engineers discovers that the benefits of slow draining and charging may have been overestimated.

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Paul McIntyre named chair of Materials Science and Engineering

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The professor is an expert on developing inorganic nanostructures for semiconductor and energy applications.

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Stanford Team Achieves 'Holy Grail' of Battery Design: A Stable Lithium Anode

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The development could lead to smaller, cheaper and more efficient rechargeable batteries.

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